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Eduardo di Capua

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Eduardo di Capua (May 12, 1865 – October 3, 1917) was a Neapolitan composer, singer and songwriter.


He was born in Naples in 1865.

He is best known for the song "'O Sole mio". In 1897, di Capua bought a collection of 23 melodies from an obscure composer, Alfredo Mazzucchi. Di Capua developed the piece, and then invited the poet Giovanni Capurro to write lyrics for it. The resulting song has been recorded by many singers, both classical and popular, in both the original Neapolitan and the English adaptation. His work on Neapolitan songs were published in La Tavola Rotonda.[1]

He also wrote "Marie, Ah Marie" ("O Marie" in English), another Neapolitan song.[citation needed]

Eduardo di Capua died in 1917 in Naples.[2]


  1. ^ Giuseppe Sergi (2014). "La canzone napoletana classica ne «La Tavola rotonda» (1891-1921)". Fonti Musicali Italiane (in Italian) (19): 111–150.
  2. ^ Eduardo di Capua on Dizionario Biografico dell'Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani

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